Roanoke Times and World-News, Sunday, April 1, 1984. Article by Melinda J. Payne, photos by Don Peterson.
Article features postmistress Mildred Snead, who wrote a book about Big Island, entitled "Around the Bend." The article also features Lydia Pryor was one of the oldest people in Big Island at the time the article was written. Ellen St. John is featured, as well as David and Maggie Mitchell. Ada Inge, 81, is also featured. All those featured talk about their love for Big Island and the community.
Owens-Illinois paper mill is named in the article. The paper mill employs 325 people and Snead said the mill provides jobs for most of the people in Big Island. The mill had been owned by Owens-Illinois since 1956.